Genesis staff run the extra mile for HACT


Raising funds for HACT is very important to 2012 Virgin Marathon runner Sandra Maguire, who works for Genesis Housing Association.

Over 36 000 participants are expected to pound the pavement in central London on April 22 this year as part of one of the largest fundraising events imaginable, the Virgin London Marathon.  The event is a huge deal for the hundreds of charity organisations that benefit annually from the public sponsorship of their nominated runners.

This year, Genesis Housing Association staff member, Sandra Maguire (Housing Manager) is set to join the crowds, to raise money for HACT (Housing Action Charity).

“The London Marathon is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but places tend to go really fast.  When Genesis first advertised this opportunity for HACT, I immediately put my name forward and surprisingly got in along with a few other people working in the housing sector,” Sandra said.

With a 26 mile trek ahead of her and no prior marathon experience as comfort, Sandra truly has her work cut out .    

Luckily, her motivation has helped her since she first started training in October last year. 

“The work that HACT does with the most marginalised in our society is related to the work I do on a daily basis with Genesis.  Supporting such a worthwhile cause makes it much easier to stay motivated, especially when training during the cold, dark and frosty winter months,” she said.

Sandra trains two hours a day and six days a week to stay on track with her training schedule for April.  She also studies, works and is a fulltime mother. 

“The hardest part of all this isn’t the juggling of priorities or even the extreme training.  The most difficult part so far has actually been raising the money. 

"Housing is such a basic need for everyone, and the work that organisations like HACT and Genesis do to ensure that the most disadvantaged in our communities have some stability in their lives is critical.  HACT makes such a huge difference to people’s lives, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t have as prominent a profile as some of the bigger charities out there,” she said. 

Sandra is hoping to raise £2 500 or more to help support HACT projects into the next year. 

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Read the article on Genisis Housing Association's website.